White oak typically has a light white to off white heartwood, and a light tan or medium brown colored heartwood. In this particular tree, the wood has developed streaks of black, burgundy, grayish-green, and reddish-brown throughout the tree. These streaked patterns are quite uncommon, and to find a tree with patterns this heavily distributed throughout is very rare.
1380 lbft - Hard
Turns very easily while green, but becomes more difficult once dry. Tearout when turning across areas of end grain is only slight to moderate.
Dries moderately well, with a noticeable tendency to warp during drying. When rough shaping bowls and platters, leave a bit of extra thickness to allow for final reshaping. Drying oak more slowly will improve final results.
Sands well. Requires grits around 60 for removing tearout and tool marks. 600 grit sandpaper will typically produce a medium-high lustre.
Readily accepts nearly any type of finish or stain, although stains are not typically used due to the wood's naturally pleasing colors.
Toxicity: Although very uncommon, oaks can produce skin, eye, and respiratory irritations in certain persons.